A Comforting Slow Cooker Whole30 Classic Chili Recipe

It’s freaking cold outside guys! When the temperatures drop, I tend to use my slow cooker more often and turn to more comforting meals like chili or soup. Since so many are participating in the Whole30 Challenge this month, I decided to pick up my Whole30 recipe book to make some quality healthy meals I enjoyed my first go-around.

I will say, yes… this is pretty much the exact recipe from the book. In fact, if you have The Whole30 Book, it’s on page 342. However, I did add an ingredient that gives the chili a sweet touch and my recipe shows how to make it in your slow cooker. It’s pretty much a delicious bowl of meat and veggies, but a household winner to my sometimes picky boyfriend. (sorry Conor :p)

Enjoy and feel free to share some of your favorite Whole30 recipes below for a chance for me to try and feature them on the blog!


  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, bison [my favorite], lamb)
  • 1 butternut squash [my addition to the classic Whole30 recipe]
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups beef broth


  1. HEAT large pot/high walled skillet over medium-high heat (without cooking fat). Add ground meat until fully browned.
  2. REMOVE meat from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a side dish. Keep the leftover fat in the pot.
  3. ADD onions, garlic, cumin, chili powder, paprika, mustard powder, and salt to the pot. Reduce to medium-low and cook until onions are translucent.
  4. TRANSFER contents of pot into slow cooker.
  5. ADD red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash, and beef broth to slow cooker. Mix.
  6. SET slow cooker on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  7. ENJOY! 🙂

Let me know if you try this yummy recipe! There are so many renditions of chili, I’d love to hear your own, so share in the comments below!

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